they bombed more than 500 sites. the targets include the homes of the leaders of the islamic movement hamas. more than 70 rock ets have landed on their territory. but they have not reported any casualties. if political leader blames the israelis for fighting. israeli commanders i warned of a lengthy campaign and they've mobilized thousands of solliers along the ghaza border. they voted on wednesday in a presidential election. officials have not counted up the ballots yet, but both candidates say they won. >> just a few hours after voting closed, victory was claimed in
>> reporter: ind nep indonesia' commission will take about two weeks. for now, they're relying on independent, quick counts. outgoing president susilo bambang yudhoyono urged both sides to restrain themselves. he also asked not to allow their supporters to declare victory until the election commission announces the winner. during the campaign, 53-year-old joko, the governor of jakarta, kept a significant lead until a few months ago. supporters consider the self-made businessman the new guard because he does not have ties to indonesia's powerful families. 62-year-old prabowo, an ex-general and former son-in-law of the late president, caught up
quickly in the campaign. he picked up endorsements from many of the country's largest political parties. observers have characterized this election as a watershed moment in indonesia's democracy, but now some fear that the division over who will lead indonesia may cause confusion and instability across the country. jun yatsumoto, nhk world, jakarta. >> managers who are feeling optimistic about the future tend to reinvest in their businesses. but we've actually been seeing just the opposite in the last couple of months. machinery orders marked a 9% decline in april. we're now finding out that
managers bought everyone less in may. it's worth about $6.7 billion. officials at the cabinet office say that's down 19.5%. this figure goes against the market consensus of a slight gain. demand from non-manufacturers shrank 17.89%. policymakers are working out plans to unwind their massive stimulus plant. minutes of the last policy meeting in june show they plan to end quantity taifive easing in the fall. they agreed the near-zero interest rate policy was still needed for an economic recovery.
so they agreed to come up with specific measures by the end of this year to end the policy and manage interest rates. some investors said they might be underestimating. investors on wall street focused on the positives. they were relieved the fed confirmed the u.s. economy is recovering at a moderate pace. and they bought stocks. the dow jones industrial average turned positive for the first time in three days. let's go to ramin who's standing by at the tokyo stock exchange. how are investors here in tokyo reacting this morn sng. >> yes, indeed, we did get some support from the wall street closing levels. there's still a lot of caution about the strength of the yen. that remains strong against the dollar. let's have a look at the opening
levels to see where we are kicking off. the nikkei and the broader topix trading in the positive. as we've been covering, the dollar remaining weaker against the yen. currency levels are not giving investors reasons to buy shares. having said that, i also want to keep track of the auto sector. figures on wednesday showed tlfgs strong growth for japanese auto-makers in china. fr the first half of the year, showing double growth. i also want to highlight with this week's decline in stocks, investors have been shifting funds back into government bonds, everyone though the yields are around half a percent. investors choosing lower-rate japanese government bonds for lack of options, really, yields
dedemand touching 15-months low at one point. bond market is also focused. >> tell us more about currencies. the dollar was sold against the yeb and the euro. >> 101 pnts 54-55. that drove investors to sell the dollar and buy the yen and the euro. in new york, the dollar briefly fell to 101.42. and the euro hit a one-week high against the u.s. currency. the euro dollar 101.53-58.
i'm also going to keep track of asian indexes. it was down 1.55%. shanghai's composite also dropping 1%. that sector of the market will also be a focus. but, for now, the nikkei and the topix just trading in the positive. back to you. >> thank also lot for that update, ramin. now, that's the latest from the business desk for this hour. i'll leave you with a check on some other market figures.
>> no one scored during regular time and it was still scoreless after an extra time. argentina won 4-2 on penalties. they managed to keep some of the best attacker ins the world at bay. the deadlock appeared to end in the 75th minute. the one shot slammed into the net, but he was ruled offsides. the dutch also struggled to build a test.
after 120 minutes, the match went into a penalty shootout. argentina got all four of their shots into the net. noi now they'll face the germans in the final for the third time. the dutch will take on the host brazilians on saturday in the battle for third police station. rodriguez remains the tournament's top score with six goals. thomas mueller is in second place with five. we'll keep you up to date on what's happening throughout the rest of the tournament..
>> american leaders are asking the chinese to act responsibly why the chinese urged u.s. officials to respect their sovereignty and territory. the two days dialogue opened in beijing with secretary of state john kerry heading the u.s. delegation. in the opening speech, the pacific ocean has ample space to accommodate the two great nations. in the opening speech, the chinese president said the pacific ocean has ample space to accommodate the two great nations. he said the two sides should strengthen trust through dialogue and seek to build a new model of super power relations. >> translator: we should treat each other equally and respect each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect the powerful development each chooses. >> we welcome the emergence of the peaceful, stable, prosperous china that contributes to the
stability and development of the region, and that chooses to play a responsible role in world affairs. >> kerry said that a new model of relations is not defined in words but in actions. a japanese education company that's the highest figure for a single period in 20 years. a defense ministry report says japan scrambled air self-defense force intercepter aircraft against russia more than seven times the number last year. japan scrambled jets 104 times against chinese planes. the report says multiple russian planes came close to japan almost every day in the three-month period. six russian bombers flew around japan almost simultaneously in april. in may and june, a chinese fighter jet flew within 30
meters of an sdf plane near the japan-china median line. japan launched a protest with china, describing the act as very dangerous. the defense ministry report says the number of scrambles totaled 340, the highest figure or 30 years. investors around the world are drawing on computers that can buy or sell a stock in a millionth of a second. about half of all deals in the u.s. are done by what's called high frequency trading. some people are calling the technology an unfair advantage. >> reporter: major stake holders who testified at a recent hearing on high frequency trading took conflicting positions on the position. >> it is one where with increased transparency and exposure, everyone knows how the game works. but right now a lot of it is
opaque. >> our equity markets are considered to be the most competitive in the world. >> reporter: what is the problem with high frequency trading? some say it might enable predatory trading. imagine investors who tried to make a large one-time purchase of a certain stock. to keep the price low, the investors buy through a broker that purchases a stock via several different stock exchanges and trading venues. but the purchases are not completed at the same time. the first purchase alerts predatory traders who have high speed computer servers and systems. they can figure out the demand and in a fraction of a second,
can corner the market. as a result, investors must spend more to complete their purchase. a japanese canadian executive testified at the senate hearing. he plays a key role in the best selling book about problems with high frequency trading. it was written by acclaimed author michael lewis. the book sparked heated debates on wall street. he founded a new training venue to help reform the markets and his company's trading platform prevents predators from exploiting the system. >> the market has to be fair and stable, and it has to be relatively simple so that the most people can get the most value from that market place. technology has delivered huge benefits, but those benefits have been dampened by the fact that the market has, in a way,
disadvantaged certain people. >> reporter: not all high frequency trading strategies are bad for the market, but questions remain how to make the system more fair. nhk world, new york. in tokyo, one out of every four trades is said to be high frequency. since april, government leaders in europe have been implementing restrictions on companies that use the practice. let's check on the market and wall street. we have the managing director of u.s. equity strategy from s&p equity iq has the details. >> reporter: after the animals feed, a unique mark is left japanese politicians have been debating scrapping the country's nuclear reactors since
the 2011 fukushima daiichi disaster. now prime minister shinzo abe says the country will push for a nuclear power generation as a key energy source. but storing the toxic radioactive waste from these facilities is still a challenge. in this edition of "nuclear watch," nhk looks at how officials plan to deal with this issue. >> reporter: located near japan's northern most point, this is a small dairy farm town. here, they are studying the possibility of final disposal of radioactive waste. workers at the facility that opened in 2003 have dug 380 meters into the ground. researchers are looking into whether nuclear waste can be safely stored. japan's nuclear energy policy says spent nuclear fuel must be reprocessed and recycled as fuel. in reprocessing, workers extract
the plutonium and uranium as recyclable substances, leaving behind highly toxic waste water. researchers mix that with heated glass and power the high-level radioactive waste into steel containers. each unit is 1.3 meters in height and 500 kilograms in weight. and they emit radiation at an extremely high level, enough to kill a person within 20 seconds. >> translator: regardless of japan's nuclear energy policy, highly radioactive nuclear waste must be disposed of. we have to ensure that such waste does not harm the human environment. right now is 250 meters and as you can see, here is a research facility for the study radioactive waste to become harmless. of underground water daily.
they also assess the durability radioactivity does not escape. build a facility in the region where and how to safely store natural gas through the ocean in company executives say they'll they'll also set up a joint venture with a chinese firm to build three icebreaker tankers. lng will be shipped to europe year round and to asia during the summer. the shipping firm expects to deliver around 3 billion tons annually. a waterway through the arctic has a capacity of 40,000 units. the total length of its tunnels
is to be 270 kilometers. researchers hope to find out what impact an earthquake would have on the facility. they installed seismometers at the site and monitor tremors constantly. >> translator: radioactive waste stored here will have been processed into perfectly solid form so the glass units will shake with the facility. this means an earthquake would not destroy them. >> reporter: for members of the country's most prestigious science association are voicing their concerns about deep repository systems. they say it's hard for japan to build a facility in the region that's prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity. they recommend that japanese leaders look for other technological developments to safely store waste. japan has 1,700 glass nuclear waste units. the number will rise to 27,000 if all spent fuel rods currently stored at the nuclear plants were processed.
japanese leaders must decide where and how to safely store the waste. researchers at horonobe plan to start an experiment using simulated waste units later this year. they say real nuclear waste will never be used here. the research agency and the local government agreed that radioactive materials will never be brought into the township. yoichiro tateiwa, nhk world. >> the idea of storing nuclear waste underground is debated around the globe. only finland and sweden have chosen construction sites for such facilities.
>> good morning, raj. i guess the ex-typhoon is now a severe tropical storm. the storm has gone. it has dissipated. it is dispersing and still continuously bringing copious amounts of rainfall and has led to a lot of landslides and floods. it's packing gusts of 126 miles per hour. it's still a strong system and the storm system will be making its way towards the contour region as it picks a little bit of speed up. the rainfall will be torrential.
because of the surge of the moisture, both from the pacific high and around the storm system making it to a thousand kilometers away. 50 kilometers of rainfall an hour. now, there is a landslide yesterday due to the rainy season being very exasperated. take a look at this situation. a 12-year-old boy was killed yesterday afternoon. this area has received hourly rainfall of 70 millimeters. a house is completely destroyed and five houses damaged. more than 6,000 households are still without power. the risk of landslide will still
be remaining across much of japan. there's 400 millimeters of rainfall in japan and we're likely to see about 200 mill meeters of rainfall on top of that. parts of rainfall will be up to an additional 50 millimeters. also, highways will be immakting south korea. we still have that typhoon warning in place in eastern locations of the peninsula. we're likely to see more stormy conditions there. it's also serving a lot of that heat. so we're looking at really hot conditions. now, let's move over to europe. the location is still being battered with severe weather. we're likely to see more of that
with a big difference to the upper level around colder air. the systems are still very active. you'll see thunderstorms peppering across these locations. targeted with the rainy and thunderstorming conditions. all of these locations will see high temperatures especially after the day-time heating. madrid up to 56 degrees. i'll leave you now with an extended forecast around the globe.